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ESSENCE CAFE

$$ - $$$Cafe,
Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
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Overview
  • Excellent40%
  • Very good19%
  • Average21%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible10%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (7 reviews)
“cakes” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Cafe, New Zealand
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
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1 - 10 of 75 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Serves one of the best coffee's in Rotorua. Great staff. Very friendly and relaxed. Sharon cooks fabulous food and her cakes are out of this world.

Thank DonnaandMarlene
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Like to eat locally so have tried this place out for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Not once have I eaten anything that has been better than what an amateur cook would make at home. Last meal was overcooked and inedible. Not even an apology when...More

Thank richiesmum
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

I have been here a few times as I am a local myself and I usually send people here when asked which place to visit in Ngongotaha for food. But unfortunately my last visit was quite unsatisfactory. Upon arrival I was not greeted nor had...More

Thank Amelia2407
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

I ordered a pot of tea upon arrival. 15 mins later I had to ask again as the untrained and disinterested staff, as they put it said oh sorry, I forgot. Too busy talking between themselves. Once my friends arrived we settled in to drinking...More

Thank Frances R
Reviewed 16 July 2017

This Cafe is in my neighbourhood, I've persevered because my friends like us to meet there. I go along in the full knowledge it's never my choice as it's been in decline for the past few years with young teenagers behind the counter with zero...More

2  Thank Waikuta
Reviewed 5 July 2017 via mobile

Looking for a light lunch, at the tail end of our cycle, we stopped at the cafe. Two shrimp ceasar salads to two coffees for 46 NZ$. The food was excellent and favours one with loads of prawns etc. Also really friendly staff; a great...More

Thank Alistair S
Reviewed 12 June 2017 via mobile

Very nice coffee and great blueberry muffin but served silently and unsmilingly with not even a greeting when we arrived from owner who was doing her bookwork .

Thank bms2016
Reviewed 3 May 2017

An excellent range of fresh and delicious food made to order. Service was friendly and prompt. Coffee selection was great and delicious.

Thank Liz M
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped in with our two dogs on ANZAC day for lunch. We chose a table outside in the sun so the dogs could join us. Dog friendly cafe which was appreciated. Our meals were timely and very tasty. Will certainly be back.

1  Thank Lee W
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

This alfresco cafe with optional indoor seating looks lovely and is dog and child friendly. The staff member who served me was pleasant but the range of food for morning tea was mostly pre-made cakes and slices, no scones. My coffee was bitter and a...More

Thank aurora_chick
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Cafe, New Zealand
Meals
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ngongotaha, Rotorua, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Bay of Plenty Region  >  Rotorua District  >  Rotorua
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